Nebulizer Stew

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Some people put them in the dishwasher, some clean them in sink, some soak them in vinegar, some use ultrasonic cleaning devices……. I just boil mine on the stove. At last count I have about 20 reusable nebulizer sets to go with the 5 portable compressors that I keep in various places around the house […]

Co pay assistance for two expensive asthma medications

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Having a serious and/or chronic disease like asthma, can be stressful enough. And for most people figuring out how you’re going to pay for some of these newer and outrageously expensive drugs, just adds to that stress. Well, here’s some information I put together from my own experiences that I hope someone out there might […]

Depressing trend

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Intubation, Severe asthma, Ventilator

Not sure what’s going on. Since 2003 when my asthma started to get really bad, it was for the most part, relatively stable and the symptoms tolerable for several months at a time. Even the exacerbations, while still very severe on occasion, were somewhat predictable. Likewise, my lung function, specifically my FEV1 and FVC, though […]

ICU delirium got a hold on me

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma hospitalization, Bipap, Dyspnea, Intubation, intubation, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

If you’ve suffered from asthma for any length of time and/or have been hospitalized for it, no doubt you’ve experienced some of the not so pleasant side effects of corticosteroids, or possible psychosis from being in the intensive care unit for any length of time. Being in and out of the hospital and on steroids […]

What’s it like to be intubated for asthma?

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Hospitals, Intubation, Ventilator

The search term “Intubation” comes up fairly often on my blog’s traffic logs, so I thought I take a moment to write about it. Heaven knows I’ve had my share of them( 34 times as of Nov 2016). I truly hope your asthma never gets to point where you actually need to be intubated for […]

I’m phenotyped

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma phenotypes, Sally Wenzel, SARP, Severe asthma

Thanks to the efforts of theSARP researchers and the new era of severe asthma phenotyping, my particular flavor of the disease has finally been described. Drum roll please………………… It’s called “Long duration Th2 low/mast cell high with remodeling“, asthma. Sound like a bunch of googly gob? If so, here’s a brief refresher course on T-helper […]

Can smart peak flow meters help prevent asthma attacks?

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, FEV1, Gadgets, Peak Flows

As a person with life long chronic asthma, my exacerbations usually develop slowly, sometimes over several days affording me enough time to take some type of pre-preemptive measure. But last week I experienced an acute asthma attack that came on instantly and out of nowhere. At the time, we were in the sleepy little town […]